Sarah McLeod is one seriously busy lady. The ARIA award-winner is in the midst of her Rocky Diner Tour, hitting Australia in nearly every place possible. McLeod's self-confessed "short attention span" is perhaps the reason fans have been waiting, patiently, twelve years for this latest solo record. But with time comes the obvious growth that is showcased on Rocky's Diner. "With every song I write I learn so much more, it's like I teach myself as I go. It feels like I learn something new every day, which is really strange at my age. This record was a really big step in a good direction for me."
Plucking her studio hideout straight from Craigslist was a gamble that paid off. It was there, holed up in New York City, that the new album took shape. "I needed to write it all in one hit," explains McLeod. Her self-established isolation opened the musical floodgates and crafted Rocky's demo tapes. The love is evident in her tracks, with McLeod enthusing, "I'm so glad I took the care with the lyrics. I'm feeling every word".
While it's been a long time between drinks for her solo career, McLeod hasn't been sitting around in bed socks watching the world pass her by. Her band The Superjesus, and reason for her ARIA win, released singles in 2015 and the Love and Violence EP hit listeners in August 2016. Always experimenting and honing her craft, Mcleod surprised her audience with a light dose of EDM in songs He Doesn't Love You and Hurricane. Alongside her bandmates, she was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame earlier this year. It's all in a day's work for this homegrown talent.
McLeod is currently on the road, alongside her beloved dog Chachi, playing as many stops as possible. While it's been a long time coming, McLeod is ode to why growing up doesn't mean stepping out. After all, talent like hers never goes out of style.
SARAH MCLEOD ROCKY’S DINER TOUR - UPCOMING DATES
| WARATAH HOTEL, HOBART, TAS | 18+
| CLUB 54, LAUNCESTON, TAS | 18+
| JIVE, ADELAIDE, SA | 18+
| THE CURTIN, MELBOURNE, VIC | 18+
| THE BASEMENT, CANBERRA, ACT | 18+
SAT 2 DEC | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+
| THE HEN HOUSE, BADLANDS BAR, PERTH, WA | 18+
| THE ODD FELLOW, FREMANTLE, WA | 18+
| PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY, WA | 18+
FRI 15 DEC | HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI, NSW | 18+
| THE LANSDOWNE, SYDNEY | 18+